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Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves. It’s based on our opinions and beliefs about ourselves, which can sometimes feel really difficult to change.

  • Your self-esteem can affect you whether you:
  • Like and value yourself as a person
  • Are able to make decisions and assert yourself
  • Recognise your strengths and positives
  • Feel able to try new or difficult things
  • Show kindness towards yourself


The things that affect our self-esteem differ for everyone. Your self-esteem might change suddenly, or you might have had low self-esteem for a while​ – which might make it hard to recognise how you feel and make changes.

Difficult or stressful life experiences can often be a factor, such as:

  • being bullied or abused
  • experiencing prejudice, discrimination or stigma
  • losing your job or difficulty finding employment
  • problems at work or while studying
  • ongoing stress
  • physical health problems
  • mental health problems
  • relationship problems, separation or divorce
  • worries about your appearance and body image
  • problems with money or housing


Courses we provide that can help you

Improving Self-Esteem Counselling group 

The group consists of 10 weekly sessions. Each session lasts for two hours. This group will help you to identify the ways in which low self-esteem might contribute to your depression and help you to make changes to improve your self-esteem and confidence. We will start off each week by presenting a topic for discussion; and then invite you to talk about and share your own experiences and support each other in finding ways to move forward. Click here to read more